Volunteer Training Videos

This is a fun home-made RideAbility training video that you can watch to become familiar with the RideAbility program and facility  – and the concept of safe sidewalking.

    (10 minutes)


Helmet safety videos should be viewed by all RideAbility volunteers.

Every Ride, Every Time!  

(2 minutes)


This mounting video was created by Physical Therapy students from the Mayo School of Medicine as a community project.   They did a nice job training volunteers how to safely mount and dismount clients.  A volunteer who graduates to mounting clients is approved by an instructor and has their name added to the clipboard hanging at the mounting ramp.   Consider training for this critical skill!

(14 minutes)


Saddling horses at RideAbility is an important skill, and we take the extra time to make sure each horse is comfortable for the safety of the client and the health of the horse.   Please note the 5 pressure points on the horse that are critical for comfortable saddle fitting.  These pressure points should be carefully checked as the saddle is put on the horse, and should be double-checked for reaction after the ride is over and the saddle is removed.   If you would like to learn to safely saddle horses please work with a senior volunteer and gain approval to saddle each horse as you learn their individual needs.


(7 minutes)


The RideAbility Sensory Trail  is a fun addition to our arena classes.  Our clients love to enjoy a miniature trail ride through obstacles and “stations” that were designed to challenge them during their ride.   Please consider watching this video to improve your ability to be safe while using the sensory trail.   The video will demonstrate all twelve stations on the sensory trail and help you to understand where to walk and how to use each station to benefit the client.


(17 minutes)


Watch this video to get a better idea of a RideAbility OneTimeFunTime visit.   Cardinal of MN made this video for us on a day when they brought a group of clients for a customized visit.  They experienced spirit painting, ground work, foot games including a relay race, food, fun and finally mounted horseback activities for each client.    We schedule OneTimeFunTime visits several times each year to support various community groups, they all have so much fun !

(5 minutes)

Thank you to Cardinal of MN for this wonderful visual illustration of  a OneTimeFunTime!


This video describes an overview of the ‘GaitWay to the Brain‘ program, …developed by ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship.   This video explains some of the training that our RideAbility instructor’s have completed.   We use this type of training to improve our therapeutic techniques at RideAbility.   Our goal is to be a catalyst in improving the lives of our clients and their families!